First, thanks for reading the Job Hacking article that brought you here. (If you didn’t read it go here to see it).
So I promised you some Job Hacking strategies.
Let’s get started:
The idea is to free up enough time to start a side-business that can free you from a job.
There are several approaches:
– Create a ‘Muse’ that can work around the clock dispensing cash while you do whatever it is you need to do.
– Leverage assignments by Outsourcing through the myriad of sites that provide these services (Upwork.com, Fiverr.com, Freelancer.com, etc.)
– Buy enough cashflowing websites that can get you to the amount of money you need to free you from said job.
– Create a product that you can sell ‘around-the-clock’ and host on a website that will pay you automatically. (Click here for an example).
1) Leverage Time Zones – If you had a freelancer, or two, working for you in Hawaii there would still be enough time after you left work to manage them. (If you are in the states/mainland).
2) Outsource/Out-Task Assignments – The sites mentioned earlier will allow you to broker assignments and get paid each week.
3) Value of Your Time – Here’s the trick. If you earn $12 or more per hour then employing outsourcers who will work for $4, or less, each hour is smart. Now before you stress about paying someone ONLY $4 per hour understand that in places like the Philippines this is a VERY good wage.
4) Work Only 4-Days A Week – Working four 10 hour days is a strategies that many entrepreneurs have employed to get their Start-Up going. (Click here for more).
5) Broker Freelance Work – By regaining those extra hours we mentioned earlier you can broker freelance assignments.
Here are some typical business tasks that demand top dollar:
– Article writing
– Transcription services
– Social game development
– Application development
– Video creation
– Lead generation
– Sales calls (telemarketing)
– Database management
– Social media management
– SEO and PPC campaigns
Tim’s book goes into much greater detail.
But even if like your job creating a cashflowing enterprise on the side is a good idea.
If you work full-time and want to start a side business read this…
Everyday I talk to entrepreneurs looking to start a side business. They usually have the same issues:
– Fear of leaving their jobs
– Anxious about startup/transition capital
– Not knowing which idea to choose
– Afraid to go public with their idea
– Fear of the technology
Too Many Ideas
Here’s the real test to determine if you are a true entrepreneur; you have too many ideas! Every entrepreneur I have ever met is an ‘idea machine.’
It actually amazing how many ideas I have been shown by would be entrepreneurs. But in most cases these individuals are afraid to pull the trigger on their first start-up.
In fact, their ‘analysis paralysis’ is usually fueled by their idea generation process.
The amount of ideas that they come up with gives them an excuse for procrastination. “I don’t want to start with the wrong one!” This is the common cry from wannabe entrepreneurs who are stuck.
Still others will claim that being trapped in a dead end job offers little time to plan their great start-up escape.
But you may be shocked to discover that being in a job (hated or not) is usually not the biggest obstacle for getting started.
1) If your company folded you would be out of a job.
2) If you got fired you would be out of a job.
What’s my point?
Both of these ‘events’ would liberate you from that dead end job. Either one of these occurrences would ‘free’ you from that job instantly (though painfully).
But that job’s devastating hold on you would be broken! You would be free of the very thing that was stopping your ‘real life’ from proceeding.
Of course in either of these cases you might find it hard to transition to starting a business because of psychological and financial reasons.
It’s hard to start a business when cashflow is gone and you have the added pressure of a mortgage (or rent), family, car note, etc. staring you in the face. (Not to mention the added element of depression).
This is why the next point that I am going to make is so critical.
First You Must Generate Income!
Let me sharpen the point I attempted to make earlier. It’s not ‘being trapped’ in a job that is your biggest obstacle to entrepreneurship. It’s not creating your escape plan. And, in order to escape, you will must have EXTRA money.
You see the money you are generating through your job is already consumed.
You must create a cash reserve to allow you to transition from employee to entrepreneur. Not only that but the money would be there as a safety net if you did lose your job.
That reserve income is the only way you will be able to break free of your job. It is vital that you start creating it ASAP!
I know you still may be asking the following questions:
A) What to do?
B) Where to start?
Have Your Own Product
The best advice I will give you is to have your own product. This will allow you to setup an income stream that will bring money in automatically. A product is better than a service because your time is already tied up. Plus, a service is harder to scale because there are only 24 hours in a day.
(NOTE: This is the problem with network marketing programs. They usually turn you into a service provider. Your time gets tied up with; the phone calls, meetings, Google hangouts, product demonstrations, and the recruiting — these tie up your time. In essence, you wind up using your time providing a service).
This is why you must offer a product that is efficient and highly profitable.
Here the 3 rules about the product you offer:
1) It must be digital.
2) It must be valuable.
3) It must be delivered automatically.
You may not have any idea what kind of product to create. This is something you should work on immediately. But in the meanwhile let me suggest that you consider offering the products at the link below:
These products will give you the ability to start earning income quickly (and passively). You should use these products to create income. But you must also consume them because many hours of research went into their development.
They are guaranteed to inspire more ideas to create additional income streams to help with your transition from employee to entrepreneur!
Automatic Payment Button
You will want to setup the product with a ‘hands-free’ delivery system. This is why it is so important that your product is digital.
Step By Step Report
Once you buy the products at the link provided how do you start offering them in the marketplace?
I have created a step-by-step report that will show you the right way to use the FREE resources available for promoting your offering. However you must enter a valid email address to get it. Use the link below:
Alibaba 101: How to Safely Source Products from the World’s Biggest Supplier Directory
by Richard Lazazzera
In order to start an online business, you need two things, a product idea and supply. If you already have your product idea the next step is finding the perfect supplier. In our global village, it has never been easier to find a manufacturing or wholesaling partner halfway around the world, however sourcing your products from overseas can still seem like a daunting task for new online entrepreneurs.
In today’s post, we’re going to look at how to effectively and safely source a supplier for your product idea using the popular business directory Alibaba. We’ll introduce you to the pros and cons of going overseas and show you how to navigate this new terrain so you can lock onto the perfect supplier for your product idea and get started selling online.
Let’s jump right into it.
Disclaimer: Before making any purchases from Alibaba, make sure you read their most up-to-date information and safeguards to protect your purchase. Click here.
Advantages & Disadvantages Of Sourcing Overseas
The most common reason many entrepreneurs look to Asia, and in particular China for product suppliers is to take advantage of the low manufacturing costs. Costs of manufacturing in Asia can be significantly lower than North America and other parts of the world, so much so that for many businesses, it could be quite difficult to be profitable if it wasn’t for overseas manufacturing.
Cheaper product costs are great, but they aren’t the only reason Asia is an attractive place to find a supplier, there are some additional benefits as well:
Lower manufacturing costs
Suppliers are (generally) much more open to working with smaller businesses and providing smaller quantities
High number of suppliers to choose from
For many products, Asia might be the only place that produces the item
One-stop services like Alibaba have made it very easy to navigate and purchase from suppliers
Along with the advantages of sourcing from overseas suppliers also comes several disadvantages that you should be equally aware of. Some of the biggest disadvantages include:
Perceived lower quality from customers
(Usually) lower manufacturing and labor standards
Almost no intellectual property protection
Language and communication barrier can be difficult to overcome
Difficult/costly to verify manufacturer and visit on-site
Longer shipping time
Cultural differences in business practices
Product importation and customs clearance
Lower level of payment security and recourse
What Is Alibaba?
If you’ve decided and are determined to source your supplier from overseas, there’s a good chance you will be buying from Alibaba. By the numbers, Alibaba is the largest ecommerce company in the world (bigger than Amazon and eBay combined) and it’s also the most comprehensive directory that connects suppliers (mostly from Asia) with buyers from all over the world. Alibaba literally has millions of products from hundreds of thousands of suppliers so there’s not much you wont find on the directory.
Begin Your Search
Buying on Alibaba and using the directory is fairly straight forward to use and similar to other marketplaces like eBay. Browse the product categories or do a search for the particular product you’re looking for.
There are two common approaches to doing a search on Alibaba. You can either search for items based on product descriptions, for example: dog collars, which will give you thousands of results for dog collar products. Alternatively, from the drop-down menu, you can select “Suppliers” instead of “Products” and instead search for manufacturers that specialize in that particular type of product.
What to Look for on Product Pages
When starting your search for a supplier on Alibaba, there are a few things you want to look at and pay attention to on the product listing page. Let’s take a look at a example listing for a dog collar listing we found on Alibaba.
One of the first things you’ll likely want to look at is the price. For this listing we can see a price of $2-$3 USD FOB. FOB stands for Free On Board and means that the seller will pay also costs associated with getting the product to the marine port (the cheapest way to ship products from Asia) and the buyer pays the cost of actually transporting the goods across the ocean to the final destination.
Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ)
Next, you’ll likely want to look at the minimum order quantity. The minimum order quantity (MOQ) is the smallest order the manufacturer is willing to accept. However, it’s important to note that this is almost always negotiable. In our example, the minimum order is 200 units. Multiplying that by the higher-end price of $3 per unit we can quickly see that we would be looking at a minimum order of approximately $600 USD + shipping from this particular supplier, for this particular product. This is good to know for later when it comes to negotiating because it give you a good start point.
After understanding price and MOQ, you will likely want to know how you can pay the supplier. There are several common methods of payment, each have their pros and cons for both the buyer and the seller.
Let’s take a look at the most common payment options below and the associated risk level to you as the buyer:
1. Upfront TT (Bank Transfer)
Risk Level For Buyer: Risky
With a bank transfer, the supplier will receive full payment before production starts. This payment method bears a high level of risk to the buyer and generally is not recommended when dealing with an unknown supplier. There is little if any recourse to get your money back if something goes wrong.
2. Letter of Credit
Risk Level For Buyer: Fairly Safe
A Letter of credit is fairly safe for both parties, however a letter of credit carries some complex procedures and is generally only recommended for larger purchases ($20,000 and above).
3. Western Union
Risk Level For Buyer: Very Risky
A risky payment method for the buyer that’s not recommended when it comes to paying suppliers if the payment is not protected by escrow. Western Union generally should only be used when dealing with people you know very well. There is no recourse if something goes wrong.
Risk Level For Buyer: Fairly Safe
Paypal is a popular payment method for buyers as it presents a much lower risk, ease of use and generally pretty good buyer protection. Although it’s a popular option with buyers, it’s less popular with suppliers due to difficulties in withdrawing money, high tax rates and potential charge backs from less than honest buyers.
Risk Level For Buyer: Fairly Safe
When using an Escrow service, the buyer’s money is held by a 3rd party and is only paid to the supplier after the buyer confirms satisfactory delivery of their order. Escrow is a fairly safe payment method for buying and selling online because Escrow protects both the buyer and supplier.
You can read about common payment methods on Alibaba on the Alibaba Safe Buying page.
Generally, when you are just starting, you’ll probably want to look for or negotiate with suppliers to either accept PayPal or some type of Escrow service to give you the highest level of protection.
As great as Alibaba is, it’s also plagued with some problems that you need to make yourself aware of when you are researching and contacting various suppliers.
Let’s take a look at three of the biggest problems with sourcing suppliers from Alibaba:
Middlemen – As mentioned previously, Alibaba has hundreds of thousands of “manufacturers”. However, many of these “manufacturers” are not manufacturers at all, rather middlemen that masquerade, marking up the price, increasing the level of miscommunication between you and the actual manufacturer while providing little, if any real value.
Scammers – Middlemen are bad but they will only take a bit of your money by charging you higher fees, scammers will take all your money. Although Alibaba has put forth a strong effort to combat and remove scammers from their platform, there are still a good share of dishonest suppliers on Alibaba that you need to be cautious of.
Quality – Quality is another big concern when ordering from overseas. Many products will be advertised as premium or high quality, however it’s not uncommon to find that your opinion of premium quality and the overseas supplier’s opinion are vastly different.
So how exactly do you protect yourself from middlemen, scams and low quality products on Alibaba? Although no single method is perfect, together practicing several safeguards is your best bet.
Let’s take a look at several things you can do to protect your money when sourcing from overseas:
1. Verify suppliers – Alibaba has their own verification program in place which includes several levels of verification. Below is a chart that summarizes the three different levels of verification Alibaba has. These verification badges will appear on product listing and supplier profiles if they have them. Looking for these verifications is a good first step.
For more information on checking supplier verification, click here. For more information on Alibaba’s Gold membership for suppliers, click here.
In addition to Alibaba’s verifications, there are also independent 3rd party services located in Asia that will visit factories on your behalf to verify the supplier and product quality. Depending on the size of your order, a few hundred dollars extra for added piece-of-mind may be well worth it.
2. Ask questions and followup – As you begin narrowing down suppliers make sure to ask a lot of questions about their business and their products. Ask for a copy of their business licensee, ask for a phone number and actually call it. Have a Skype meeting with your contact. Ask for photos of the factory and sample products.
Feel free to ask for whatever makes you feel more comfortable doing business with someone a world away. It wouldn’t be crazy for you to even ask your factory contact to take a photo of themselves on the factory floor holding up the current days newspaper and one of their products.
3. Get samples – It should go without saying that before you invest any significant amount of money into inventory you need to get samples to check and verify quality. Feel free to even contact them through another (fictitious) name and email and get an additional sample so you can compare quality.
4. Too good to be true – Finally, if something is too good to be true, it usually is. Be weary of pricing or promises that don’t seem right or that are way off from other suppliers you’ve contacted. Always be willing to walk away from a deal if something doesn’t feel right.
Now that you understand how to better protect yourself when doing a transaction on the other side of the globe, it’s time to contact some suppliers. When contacting suppliers overseas, email will likely be your main method of communication. In many cases, they will likely be using a translation program like Google Translate to translate your email as well as their reply back to you. Remember, computer translation is still an imperfect art so expect some errors and possible misunderstandings. To make sure communication is as clear as possible, keep your emails short, concise, well formatted and spelling error free. This will not only help the manufacturer but it will ultimately provide you with better replies in the end.
Tip: When asking your questions and formatting your emails to suppliers it’s best to number your questions so that they can easily reply to each number. This keeps the questions and communication clean and organized.
Requesting a Quote
Requesting a quote (many times referred to as a RFQ, Request For Quote) is a relatively simple process, however, taking a few extra minutes to plan your email can make a significant difference in the number and quality of replies you receive.
Here are a few important questions to consider for your email:
Minimum Order Quantities (MOQ’s) – Even if a listing has their MOQ listed, you should double check with them to make sure it’s accurate. If the MOQ’s are much higher than what you know you can afford, you’ll want to ask them if they are willing to negotiate the minimums. Make sure to give them an idea of what you can afford. Keep in mind, minimum order quantity is almost always negotiable with overseas suppliers.
Pricing For Samples – Samples are important to inspect for quality. You’re going to want to ask what their pricing is for samples right away. Some suppliers that receive a lot of sample requests and may change the full retail pricing, others will offer you samples at a discounted rate, and some may even provide you samples for free if they feel you’re a serious buyer.
Production Pricing – One of the most important questions is how much your products cost per unit will cost. Many times on Alibaba they will give you a range (Example: $2-$3 per unit), but you’ll want to know exactly how much each unit will cost you.
Production Time – Knowing how long it will take to produce your order is an important consideration and depending your exact business, time can be critical.
Payment Terms – Many suppliers will require new businesses to pay for the full order upfront. This is important to know since inventory is a major cost for ecommerce startups. You may also want to also ask if they provide payment terms on future orders.
Here’s an example of an email template you may want to consider as a guideline when contacting overseas suppliers from Alibaba:
My name is John and I am with XYZ Company.
I am interested in placing an order for Widget A. Before I do however, I just have several questions:
What is your minimum order quantity?
What is your cost per unit and at what quantity levels do you offer quantity discounts?
What are your payment terms for new customers?
I would also like to order a sample of Widget A before placing a full order. Can you please send me the cost for the sample including shipping to:
80 Spadina Ave., Floor 4
Toronto, ON, Canada
As you can see from the sample above, it’s short, concise and it’s goal is to make sure at a high level that there is a fit between both parties.
Once you have begun conversations with several suppliers and have a good idea of each of their prices, MOQ’s and payment terms, you can begin negotiating with them. As mentioned previously, the minimum order quantities are almost always negotiable, it’s simply a matter of asking. Remember, a good negotiation leaves both parties happy with the outcome so push a little but not too hard.
Weighing Your Options
Once you’ve narrowed it down to a select few suppliers, you’ll want to weigh all your options. Keep in mind that when weighing your options, you’ll want to consider more than just price, MOQ and payment terms. Make sure you factor in how well and how quickly each supplier replied to you. Your communication with your supplier can be a critical element of your business going forward so you’ll want to make sure you start off on the right foot.
Sourcing a reliable supplier for your product from Alibaba might be a new experience but also a rewarding one. With some basic knowledge and common safeguards, it can be pretty safe. Always do you due diligence and if a deal feels too good to be true, be ready and willing to walk away. There’s a hundred other suppliers you can find in just a few clicks.
About The Author
Richard Lazazzera is an ecommerce entrepreneur and Content Strategist at Shopify.
Fiverr (two “R”s) is a site where online freelancer offer their services in the form of “gigs” to individuals looking to have work done.
Gig providers on Fiverr receive $4.00 dollars from each gig. This is how the company makes money. Because of the low price and strange gigs like:
– a beautiful young woman will flirt with your boyfriend;
– another woman will promote your product in a bikini while kicking a heavy bag;
– someone else will breakup with your girlfriend or boyfriend;
(you are getting the idea)
…and the TV publicity on morning and news programs, Fiverr has become a huge hit.
Problems with Fiverr
But there has been some problems with Fiverr. When you look for a person to give you the best quality service on Fiverr you use the rating system. But some report that many of the 99% ratings are faked! (Fiverrs will get a fake buyer account and buy from themselves and leave positive feedback).
Others have reported the annoying problem of someone taking your assignment and then after several days never delivering the service. Yes, you are able to get your money back but it’s still annoying having waited all that time and not getting the work.
Still others have claimed that the graphic design work on Fiverr is horrible. But you may want to take that with a grain of salt because many of these same people are designers trying to sell work on other sites (like Elance, Upwork, etc.) for more money.
Unhappy Gig Providers
Many gig providers have discovered that it’s just not worth the time spent and have moved on to other, more profitable, platforms.
Some of the gurus have ‘courses’, and even software, that claim to teach you how to get clients to pay you big bucks for services rendered by Fiverrs. It’s called brokering and you will be the middleman collecting the profit. But with so many people being familar with Fiverr these days one wonders how this could even been done.
Fiverr was founded by Shai Wininger and Micha Kaufman in 2009. Wininger came up with the concept of a marketplace that would provide a two sided platform for people to buy and sell a variety of digital services typically offered by freelance contractors. Services offered on the site include writing, translation, graphic design, video editing and programming. Fiverr’s services start at $5, which is what the company’s name is based on and can go higher with Gig Extras. Each service offered is called a “Gig”.
Better Than Fiverr?
So what are the new sites giving Fiverr.Com a run for its money and should you use them?
Another website very similar to fiverr. Only, it hosts $4 gigs. The rest is the same. 20% commission, payment through PayPal, similar interface, etc. Not better than fiverr, but definitely worth a shot.
GigBucks is is a very popular alternative to Fiverr. It hosts gigs for all the categories found on fiverr. It gives freelancers the opportunity to charge an appropriate amount of money for their services. A gig can be anywhere in the range of $5 to $50, definitely a big step up from the $4 on fiverr. Just like Fiverr, joining is absolutely free. And you can post as many gigs as you like. A must try for existing fiverr users or other people.
Zeerk is another big fish up for grabs. Working at Zeerk can be much more worth your while. You can charge as much as $100 per gig! Now, services can charged appropriately and no one needs feel left out! For small jobs such as $2 or $5 jobs, there is no commission! And I thought Fiverr was cool!
SeoClerks contains gigs relating to SEO, internet marketing, and other such web services. The great thing about it is, it offers the widest range of money you can ask for your gigs. You could either ask for $1 for a petty job, or you could ask as much as $999 for a high value project. Web masters would love this website. Just visit it and see what i’m talking about.
TenBux is very similar to Fiverr. A lot similar, in fact. It has a similar interface, which is simple and easy to use. It has almost all of the categories Fiverr has. Only big difference is, it allows $10 per gig, twice of what fiverr would allow. Out of the $10, you get $8, which is the exact commission rate as it is with fiverr.
This website is a lot better than fiverr or some of its alternatives. For one, it pays out through both PayPal and AlertPay. Here, you can host any type of gig for $5, and some other multiples of 3; $3, $6, $9, $12, $15, $27, $45, and $90. Not bad eh? Sign up now and show the world what you’ve got!
This is another copy, if not a clone of fiverr. The name, you can see. But the interface is a little similar too. The good thing is, it has a lower commission rate than fiverr. And it allows you to post gigs ranging from $1 to $10. So that’s pretty useful as far as categorization of work is concerned. But the problem here is, giggers have to post gigs with lower and lower rates to attract clients. And I must say, $1 is too low for any kind or work, unless it involves suggesting a name or slogan or something.
Tim Ferriss – 30 Grams of Protein in 30 Minutes Frenzy
Most of us are Familiar with the 4-Hour Workweek But Tim’s Nutritional…
Most of us are familiar with the 4-Hour Workweek But Tim’s nutritional advice on eating 30 grams of protein 30 minutes upon rising has created a frenzy.
Nutritionists like Dr. Joel Fuhrman and Dr. Robert Atkins have made the argument about the benefits of a low carb diet.
But Tim Ferriss has made himself a Guinea pig and tested eating habits and a myriad of other body-hacks on himself.
In December 2010, Ferriss’ second book, The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman, was published by Crown.The book covers more than 50 topics, including rapid fat loss, increasing strength, boosting endurance, and polyphasic sleep. Ferriss also introduces his version of the Slow-Carb Diet, which involves the elimination of starches and anything sweet (including fruit and all artificial sweeteners) and a strong preference for lean protein, legumes, and vegetables.
The benefits of a high-protein breakfast in losing weight have been documented. Protein-rich foods take longer to leave the stomach, so they keep you full longer than other foods. Sugar levels are kept steady with low carb high protein diet.
According to the Harvard School of Public Health you burn more calories eating protein, since the body requires more energy to digest the nutrient than it does fat or carbohydrates. That’s why he recommends consuming at least 30 grams of protein for breakfast.
Eating more protein at breakfast is a smart strategy for losing weight. But you still need to pay attention to your calorie intake. Even adding more protein won’t let you lose weight if you consume too many calories. It is important to get most of your protein from lean sources and limit your consumption of fat and calorie-dense protein foods to special occasions.
Below are several options for high protein meals:
Directions: Consume 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up! Do not make any changes to your diet or exercise!
How to get 30 Grams of Protein in 10 minutes or less!
Some “Real” Food Options:
Liquid Egg Whites have roughly 26 grams of protein per cup. Microwave (or cook) for 2.5 minutes in a Pyrex dish. Then microwave 150 grams of frozen spinach for 5 minutes to get another 6 grams of protein. Then add your favorite salsa. This makes for 32 grams of protein in less than 10 minutes.
Canned Tuna + 1 or 2 eggs (or egg whites): Chuck it all in a pan with some mushrooms, cayenne pepper and Italian herbs and put it in the oven till it’s done.
3/4 cup of your favorite beans (8 grams protein) + White or Red Onions (chopped) + 3 eggs (18 grams protein) or liquid egg whites and salsa or Cholula.
The Quick Fix (less than 3 minutes)
One Scoop Whey Protein Concentrate in milk (not slow carb) or in water. Add a handful of raw almonds if you like.
One protein bar of choice or build your own.
Ice + Coffee + Whey Protein Concentrate + ½ scoop egg protein powder (staying powder) + cinnamon (this video is even more complex) mixed in blender.
Ready-made protein shakes. Pure protein or Myoplex are decent options (among many others).
Ready-made zero carb 40 gram protein drink. (light and not filling)
Than Merrill Seminar Review – Fortune Builders House Flipping Seminar
House Flipping? Hey, Hasn’t the Real Estate Market Tanked? Read This…
You may be thinking:
“House Flipping? Hey, Hasn’t the Real Estate Market Tanked?”
Well, yes and no. But more about that in a second.
First, let’s cover Than Merrill.
He owns the company FortuneBuilders. And, of course, his company puts on the Than Merrill seminar in major cities across the country.
It’s probably also important to note that Than Merrill does maintain an “A” rating with the Better Business Bureau.Than Merrill, one of the regular personalities on “Flip This House,” which ran for five seasons on A&E and is now in syndication.
The A&E show “Flip This House” was so popular that most people understand the basic concept:
You buy cheap ‘fixer uppers’ and quickly (important point), and within your budget, fix them and turn (flip) them for a profit. You want to get your investment back as quickly as you can because it is probably borrowed money you are using for the flip and as the clock ticks the interest rate is climbing.
Challenges with Flipping Houses:
The market is still soft in areas
The property could have unforeseen issues
Contractors may run behind schedule
Cost overruns can kill your profit
The Free Seminar
In the marketing world the Than Merrill seminar is what’s known as a ‘lead generator’
It’s whole purpose is to get enough prospects (that’s you) in the room in order to upsell you the 3-Day event (course). This will cost you about $197 (as of this writing).
Now you may be thinking:
“Hey, $197 is nothing to pay to flip several houses that will yield tens, to maybe hundreds, of thousands of dollars!”
(This thinking is why YOU are a prospect).
But the 3-Day course is designed to upsell you to the real money maker (for Merrill’s company) the Mastery Course that will cost you…
… wait for it…
Anywhere from $20k to $35k.
Now you may be thinking:
“Hey, $35 still isn’t too much to pay. If I get just ONE deal that net me $50k I will have made my investment back… and then some!”
(Again….this is why YOU are a prospect).
It Could Be You
You could be one of the rare individuals (success rate is not revealed at the Merrill courses) who do make it through the training and find the money (investors) to back your flips and make a handsome profit.
But there is another way…
Yes, there is a way to get into real estate investing without the financial risk associated with flipping houses.
In fact, even if you do decide, later down the road, that flipping houses is the best path for you this approach will fund that venture.
Amazon Free Products – How to Get Free Stuff on Amazon
You Can Get More Than Free Ebooks On Amazon. Here’s How…
Face it, few things beat getting something for free.
Now you can get all kinds of free things on Amazon.Com. Nope, not talking about anything illegal here (not hacking or scamming, etc.)
I am referring to ways to get products free on Amazon.Com that other people pay hard earned money to receive.
You may ask why on earth would anyone give you a product for free?
Good question. Here’s the answer.
Enter the Amazon FBA Program. What is Amazon FBA?
Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) lets regular folks (referred to as Merchants) store their products in Amazon’s fulfillment centers. When customers (like me and you) ordered these products Amazon will pick, pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products.
FBA warehouses are large and each has hundreds of employees. Employees are responsible for four basic tasks: unpacking and inspecting incoming goods; placing goods in storage and recording their location; picking goods from their computer recorded locations to make up an individual shipment; and shipping. A computer that records the location of goods and maps out routes for pickers plays a key role: employees carry hand-held computers which communicate with the central computer and monitor their rate of progress. A picker may walk 10 or more miles a day.
Sorry, I digress… where was I?
Oh yeah… so when these merchants are selling their items they want to get a higher ranking.
What is Amazon’s Ranking?
If you look down the page to the ‘Product Details’ section, you’ll see it says ‘Amazon Bestsellers Rank’. This is a number that’s purportedly calculated hourly and is linked to the number of recent sales of the product relative to the other products in that category. The smaller that number is (500 versus 5,000) the higher that items is said to rank.
Merchants are well aware of that and that’s why they are eager to give away products in hope that you will rate their product high (5 stars) and help them climb the rankings.
So how do you get the free stuff from them?
It’s important to understand that Amazon’s rank is based on sales, not reviews or ratings. That’s why merchants will provide you with promotion discounts that will let you ‘buy’ an item with a 100% off coupon!
In fact, there is a website call Tomoson (http://www.Tomoson.com) that has made this even easier for you to do. Just visit the site and:
1. Make a profile at Tomoson.com
2. Connect your facebook and twitter accounts.
3. Create a free blog at blogger.com
But that’s not the only way to get free stuff on Amazon.Com
You can perform several searches on the site that will yield amazing free product results. Here are few searches you can do:
“100% off coupon”
“Free MP3 Albums”
You can also Claim Free Product Offers on Amazon.
Take advantage of promotions that offer a free product with a qualifying purchase by adding the free product and the qualifying items to your Shopping Cart and entering the claim code.
To claim a free product offer:
Add the free product and the qualifying items to your Shopping Cart.
Enter the claim code exactly as it appears in the promotion details, or use your mouse to copy and paste the claim code into the order form.
If you entered the claim code in the order form and didn’t complete your purchase, you may not have to enter the claim code again.
Free products are available only while supplies last. We cannot offer rain checks for promotional items that run out of stock.
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